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Dominique Piron Morgon Cote du Py 2018

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Winemaker Notes

Dark garnet color. Aromas and flavors of stone fruit and especially cherry, even kirsh as you age. The wines are structured, mineral and very good. Beautiful spicy note.

The wines of Beaujolais are wines of character and fruit. The Morgon accompanies marvelously simple and local cuisine, and especially the meat dishes: game birds, poultry, grilled meats, meats in sauces and some cheeses.

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JS 93
James Suckling

With its ripe-plum and licorice nose, this concentrated and ripe Beaujolais reflects the very warm vintage, but the deep, fine tannins hold this generous package together very well. And the freshness at the bold, long finish suggests this has some years ahead of it. Drink or hold.

V 92
Vinous

Deep violet. Vibrant black raspberry, cherry and lavender scents are complemented by suggestions of licorice and musky earth. Chewy and focused on the palate, offering bitter cherry and dark berry flavors that are given lift and a spicy edge by a peppery flourish. A hint of spicecake appears on the impressively long, gently tannic finish, which leaves behind building floral and cherry notes. Best after 2023

WS 91
Wine Spectator
Glossy and focused, with cherry and raspberry notes showing nice purity and accents of anise, granite and white pepper. Dusty earth and dried herb notes offer a savory touch through the lightly tannic finish. Drink now through 2026.
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Dominique Piron’s family has been growing grapes here since the 16th century, and Dominique took over the estate in 1971. Working side by side with his American wife, enologist Kristine Mary, the Pirons farm 45 hectares of vineyards scattered among several different crus in Beaujolais, namely Morgon, Chénas, Brouilly, Régnié and Moulin-à-Vent. They own some parcels, rent others, and also buy 20-hectares worth of carefully selected grapes from their neighbors. Regardless of where the grapes are sourced, the Pirons are responsible for every aspect of quality-control from the vineyard management to the marketing of the finished wine. They take such great care of each of their crus that even the simple Beaujolais and Beaujolais-Villages wines are carefully selected from single-vineyard parcels. Each of their terroirs is unique, yet they are all granite-based soils—the ideal grounding for the Gamay grape. The Pirons farm sustainably, although they have also been experimenting with organic methods to achieve a rich biodiversity in the vineyards.
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The bucolic region often identified as the southern part of Burgundy, Beaujolais actually doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the rest of the region in terms of climate, soil types and grape varieties. Beaujolais achieves its own identity with variations on style of one grape, Gamay.

Gamay was actually grown throughout all of Burgundy until 1395 when the Duke of Burgundy banished it south, making room for Pinot Noir to inhabit all of the “superior” hillsides of Burgundy proper. This was good news for Gamay as it produces a much better wine in the granitic soils of Beaujolais, compared with the limestone escarpments of the Côte d’Or.

Four styles of Beaujolais wines exist. The simplest, and one that has regrettably given the region a subpar reputation, is Beaujolais Nouveau. This is the Beaujolais wine that is made using carbonic maceration (a quick fermentation that results in sweet aromas) and is released on the third Thursday of November in the same year as harvest. It's meant to drink young and is flirty, fruity and fun. The rest of Beaujolais is where the serious wines are found. Aside from the wines simply labelled, Beaujolais, there are the Beaujolais-Villages wines, which must come from the hilly northern part of the region, and offer reasonable values with some gems among them. The superior sections are the cru vineyards coming from ten distinct communes: St-Amour, Juliénas, Chénas, Moulin-à-Vent, Fleurie, Chiroubles, Morgon, Regnié, Brouilly, and Côte de Brouilly. Any cru Beajolais will have its commune name prominent on the label.

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Delightfully playful, but also capable of impressive gravitas, Gamay is responsible for juicy, berry-packed wines. From Beaujolais, Gamay generally has three classes: Beaujolais Nouveau, a decidedly young, fruit-driven wine, Beaujolais Villages and Cru Beaujolais. The Villages and Crus are highly ranked grape growing communes whose wines are capable of improving with age whereas Nouveau, released two months after harvest, is intended for immediate consumption. Somm Secret—The ten different Crus have their own distinct personalities—Fleurie is delicate and floral, Côte de Brouilly is concentrated and elegant and Morgon is structured and age-worthy.

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